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Coronavirus: Monkeys 'escape with COVID-19 samples' after attacking lab assistant

Coronavirus: Monkeys 'escape with COVID-19 samples' after attacking lab assistant

A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus blood test samples, it has been reported.The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, .According to local media, the animals then snatched blood test samples that had been taken from three patients and fled.One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported - adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.The undamaged kits were later recovered, the Meerut...

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Baby born with two mouths due to 'extremely rare' condition

Baby born with two mouths due to 'extremely rare' condition

A baby girl has been born with two mouths due to a condition so rare that it has only been seen in 35 recorded cases since 1900.Doctors were initially baffled when the abnormality was picked up on a scan during the mother's third trimester.:: Warning - graphic content belowTheir initial range of possible diagnoses included a cyst, a bone disorder or teratoma, which is when a twin absorbs another during development in the womb.But when the infant was born in Charleston, South Carolina, doctors found what they described as a "duplicated oral cavity", or second mouth.This included another lip,...

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Coronavirus: 99% chance that COVID-19 vaccine will work, says Chinese firm

Coronavirus: 99% chance that COVID-19 vaccine will work, says Chinese firm

ExclusiveChinese scientists working on a COVID-19 vaccine have told Sky News they are "99%" sure it will be effective.Sinovac, a Beijing-based biotech company, currently has its vaccine in stage 2 trials, with more than 1,000 volunteers participating. Sky News is the first British broadcaster to visit its labs.The company also said it is in preliminary talks to hold stage 3 trials - the final part of the trials process - in the UK.Sky News asked Luo Baishan, a researcher at Sinovac, whether he thought the vaccine would be successful."Yes, yes. It must be successful… 99% [sure]," he...

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Man dies after 'rocks thrown' in grounds of Lullingstone Castle in Kent

Man dies after 'rocks thrown' in grounds of Lullingstone Castle in Kent

A man has died after rocks were thrown in the grounds of a castle in Kent.Police were called to a disturbance at the grounds of Lullingstone Castle in Eynsford at 5.21pm on Thursday.The force said: "It was reported that rocks were being thrown."A man later died at the scene and officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating."A police cordon has been put in place at the scene and a police helicopter was seen flying near the castle.Lullingstone Castle is a tourist attraction which features a 15-acre lake and several gardens.It was built in 1497 and has been owned...

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Robbie Williams and Take That reveal set list for online reunion gig in lockdown

Robbie Williams and Take That reveal set list for online reunion gig in lockdown

Robbie Williams and Take That are back - not for good, but for a one-off special online reunion to "lift the nation's spirits" during the lockdown.The band are getting back together on Friday night for a performance in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, and Crew Nation, which supports concert crew workers.Fans have been looking forward to the special event, which will be broadcast by comparethemarket.com and is being billed as the debut Meerkat Music event to boost morale amid the ongoing lockdown.With just another day to wait, Williams and his old band-mates have revealed the...

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Coronavirus: Matt Hancock warns self-isolating could be mandatory as he laughs off Dominic Cummings row

Coronavirus: Matt Hancock warns self-isolating could be mandatory as he laughs off Dominic Cummings row

BreakingMatt Hancock has warned people could be forced to self-isolate under the new coronavirus test and trace system if they do not follow the rules voluntarily.The health secretary predicted the "vast majority" will comply with as he laughed off suggestions it was rushed forward to distract from the .He told Sky News' Kay Burley@Breakfast the suggestion was "priceless".Speaking on the day of the launch of the contact tracing drive, he said: "We have considered making this mandatory and there are some other countries in which it's mandatory."But in the first instance we have great faith...

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Coronavirus: EasyJet to cut up to 4,500 jobs over COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus: EasyJet to cut up to 4,500 jobs over COVID-19 crisis

EasyJet is looking to cut up to 4,500 jobs and shrink its fleet, following the collapse in air travel due to coronavirus.The move represents nearly a third - 30% - of the Luton-based airline's 15,000-strong workforce.It joins other carriers, including and , which have already announced major job losses in response to the pandemic that has devastated the aviation industry globally.Airlines have also been critical of the UK government's plan toon arrival from 8 June, warning of the further damage it would cause the struggling sector.EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren, said: "We realise...

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Essex lorry deaths: 26 members of suspected people smuggling ring arrested in France and Belgium

Essex lorry deaths: 26 members of suspected people smuggling ring arrested in France and Belgium

Twenty-six people have been arrested in France and Belgium in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a lorry in Essex last year.The dead, including two 15-year-olds, were found on an industrial estate in Grays, about 20 miles east of London, in October 2019.The latest arrests were made after early-morning raids in France and Belgium as a result of a cross-border investigation supported by Eurojust, the EU's agency for criminal justice cooperation, and Europol, the EU crime agency.The suspects are believed to be members of a major migrant smuggling group...

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NASA and SpaceX gear up for first US astronaut launch in almost a decade

NASA and SpaceX gear up for first US astronaut launch in almost a decade

For the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011, NASA is set to again launch its own astronauts into space from US soil.Working with billionaire Elon Musk's private spaceflight company - which is providing one of its Falcon 9 rockets and Crew Dragon spacecraft - will be regaining a capability which it hasn't held for almost a decade.The mission is not without its risks.Wednesday's launch marks the first time that SpaceX is taking part in a manned spaceflight, although it has 85 successful launches of unmanned Falcon 9 rockets since 2010.During a test fire for the Crew Dragon...

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India: Officials claim Pakistan 'spy' pigeon captured

India: Officials claim Pakistan 'spy' pigeon captured

A pigeon suspected of being trained to "spy" by Pakistan has been captured in India along one of the world's most contested borders, Indian officials said.They said the bird was carrying a "coded message" and was caught by villagers in Manyari, along the border which separates Indian and Pakistan-controlled parts of Kashmir.Security agencies are trying to decipher the message, the officials told Indian news agency PTI.Kathua Police's senior superintendent Shailendra Mishra said the villagers gave the pigeon to police on Sunday after it flew into a woman's house from Pakistan.He said: "A...

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Coronavirus: 'Local lockdowns' to be introduced in UK for future 'flare ups' of coronavirus

Coronavirus: 'Local lockdowns' to be introduced in UK for future 'flare ups' of coronavirus

Key points:No change in position on fines?WATCH: Health secretary reveals plan for 'local lockdowns'WATCH: Government to review fines imposed on families travelling for childcare purposes, reveals HancockMore than 30 Tory MPs want Cummings to goWill anyone with a childcare defence now expect to be let off?WATCH: Health secretary announces contracts to manufacture two billion items of PPE in UKIs government policy changing due to the Dominic Cummings row?WATCH: 'I regret the anger that some people feel', says health secretaryWATCH: 'Hancock says test and trace programme will allow 'local...

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'Biggest step forward since crisis began': NHS to treat severe COVID-19 patients with Ebola drug

'Biggest step forward since crisis began': NHS to treat severe COVID-19 patients with Ebola drug

Some NHS patients with severe coronavirus symptoms will be treated with an Ebola drug after trials proved it led to a quicker recovery.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has hailed the development as the "biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus since the crisis began".The antiviral medicine was developed for Hepatitis C and Ebola, but initial trials on patients showed it reduced the length of time they experienced symptoms from 15 days to 11 by working to stop the coronavirus reproducing.It will now be prescribed for some adults and teenagers suffering serious symptoms in NHS...

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Coronavirus: PM hit by resignation as battle over fate of adviser Dominic Cummings grows

Coronavirus: PM hit by resignation as battle over fate of adviser Dominic Cummings grows

A government minister has resigned over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trips, piling on more pressure for the top Downing Street aide to be sacked.Douglas Ross said the embattled adviser's claim during the outbreak was "not shared by the vast majority of people who have done as the government asked".A senior Conservative figure predicted more resignations will follow as an MP yet to go public with their concerns told Sky News "this is our black Wednesday" - in reference to the 1992 financial crisis that stained the party's economic record.Mr Ross stepped down as a junior Scotland Office...

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Coronavirus: All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June, Johnson says

Coronavirus: All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June, Johnson says

High street shops can start reopening next month, Boris Johnson has said, as he moves to ease lockdown restrictions amid a huge public row over his top adviser.The prime minister said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again in England from 1 June - so long as they keep customers safe.All other non-essential retailers - including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets - can follow suit two weeks later, from 15 June.Employers will face "spot checks" to make sure they...

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Coronavirus: 90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK's lockdown

Coronavirus: 90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK's lockdown

Around 90 attacks targeting the UK's telecommunications infrastructure have been reported during the coronavirus lockdown.The incidents, which , are believed to be motivated by conspiracy theories linking to the deployment of 5G masts.Derbyshire Police has called for witnesses to come forward over the most recent suspected arson attack, which targeted a mobile mast near Breadsall Hilltop at 2am on Sunday."We believe the fire was started deliberately and we are investigating," the force stated.There have now been around 90 similar arson and sabotage attacks since the beginning of the...

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Reopening Hollywood: First major movie to be released since coronavirus lockdown

Reopening Hollywood: First major movie to be released since coronavirus lockdown

The makers of the first major movie to be released since the coronavirus lockdown have told Sky News it is the "canary in the coal mine" for an entertainment industry looking to reopen.The film Unhinged, a road rage thriller starring Russell Crowe, will hit cinema screens in the US on 1 July, months earlier than originally planned. It bucks the trend of films being delayed or released instead on television and streaming services.Almost a million TV and film workers are estimated to have lost their jobs in Hollywood alone after productions were shut down as the virus spread.Talks have begun...

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Coronavirus 'disappearing' so fast Oxford vaccine has 'only 50% chance of working'

Coronavirus 'disappearing' so fast Oxford vaccine has 'only 50% chance of working'

There is only a 50% chance of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine working because cases in the UK are declining so fast, one of the scientists behind it has warned. The University of Oxford's Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group began developing a vaccine in January using a virus taken from chimpanzees.But with the number of UK cases dropping every day, there may not be enough people to test it on, according to the institute's director Professor Adrian Hill.He told The Sunday Telegraph: "It's a race against the virus disappearing, and against time. We said earlier in the year that there...

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Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China's plans for security law

Hong Kong protesters hit with teargas as world figures condemn China's plans for security law

Police have fired teargas at protesters in Hong Kong after nearly 200 political figures from around the world condemned China's plans for new security laws.Hundreds of demonstraters clashed with security officials in Hong Kong's Wanchai district on Sunday over Beijing's proposals to set up government intelligence bases in the territory.Protesters were seen cowering behind umbrellas as officers with shields fired the gas to try to disperse crowds of activists and journalists carrying "Free Hong Kong" signs.China says it wants to prevent a repeat of last year's riots, which were triggered by...

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Coronavirus: Study suggests COVID-19 immunity could last just six months

Coronavirus: Study suggests COVID-19 immunity could last just six months

A person could be re-infected with coronavirus in six months, new research suggests, in a blow to the push for "immunity passports" as evidence of recovery from the illness.The research was released after the of 10 million antibody tests to show if someone has had and potentially developed immunity to the virus.Over 35 years, University of Amsterdam scientists regularly tested 10 men for four types of coronaviruses which cause the common cold.Most participants - aged between 27 and 66 - caught the viruses again within three years, with the study concluding "coronavirus protective immunity...

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New record internet speed could download 10,000 HD films per second

New record internet speed could download 10,000 HD films per second

Researchers claim they have set a new record for the fastest ever internet speed, capable of downloading 1,000 HD movies in under a second.Scientists in Australia say they managed to clock 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps) - millions of times faster than the average broadband speed in the UK, which is around 64 megabits per second (Mbps).Such speeds had only been achieved in laboratory settings until now, but the system was able to work on Australia's fibre optic network - used by internet companies to deliver high-speed broadband to customers.The team broke the record using the existing...

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Coronavirus: Anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine taken by Trump linked to higher death rate - global study

Coronavirus: Anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine taken by Trump linked to higher death rate - global study

The anti-malarial drug promoted by President Donald Trump as a COVID-19 treatment has been linked to higher death rates and heart rhythm problems among coronavirus patients, a global study suggests.The report in the Lancet medical journal is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine but an observational one.However, it is by far the largest look at their use in real-world settings, studying 96,000 patients at 671 hospitals on six continents.One leader of the study, Dr Mandeep Mehra, a heart specialist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, said: "Not only...

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Tara Reid reveals she is in lockdown with Jedward

Tara Reid reveals she is in lockdown with Jedward

Tara Reid has revealed she is quarantining with Jedward.The American Pie actress first became friends with the twins while filming Celebrity in the UK in 2011.Now, the trio are recreating the experience, albeit in lockdown, living together in Reid's apartment in LA - along with her boyfriend Nathan Montpetit-Howar, a 38-year-old producer and club promoter.Reid revealed the surprise gathering on her We Hear podcast.She told fans: "We've all been locked in our houses for months… it's not easy. I have a small apartment, it's two rooms so it's not easy."You're always in each others faces, I'm...

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Lana Del Rey denies racism after she is criticised for comments she made about Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and others

Lana Del Rey denies racism after she is criticised for comments she made about Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and others

Lana Del Rey has defended herself against allegations of racism after accusing a host of high-profile female singers of hypocrisy in the music industry.The 34-year-old faced a backlash after posting a statement on Instagram calling out stars, including , Doja Cat, , and .The Video Games singer said her post was nothing to do with race, and she simply listed her "favourite singers".In the post, Del Rey denied her lyrics are anti-feminist or glamorise abuse and name-checked the other female artists.She said now those other women have had "number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no...

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Satellites and spacecraft malfunction as Earth's magnetic field mysteriously weakens

Satellites and spacecraft malfunction as Earth's magnetic field mysteriously weakens

Earth's magnetic field, which is vital to protecting life on our planet from solar radiation, is mysteriously weakening.On average the planet's magnetic field has lost almost 10% of its strength over the last two centuries, but there is a large localised region of weakness stretching from Africa to South America.Known as the South Atlantic Anomaly, the field strength in this area has rapidly shrunk over the past 50 years just as the area itself has grown and moved westward.Over the past five years a second centre of minimum intensity has developed southwest of Africa, which researchers...

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Coronavirus: Bereavement scheme extended to cover NHS support staff

Coronavirus: Bereavement scheme extended to cover NHS support staff

Families and dependants of migrant NHS support staff who die after contracting coronavirus will be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, the government has said.The announcement comes after the Home Office faced criticism over some workers initially being left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.The extension of the bereavement scheme to include cleaners, porters, social care staff and care home workers will be effective immediately and retrospectively, the Home Office confirmed.Hassan Akkad, who is working as...

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